The Final Magical Trailer For Fantastic Beasts Gets Political

The following was commissioned by Culture Fly and completes my trilogy of trailer articles on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them after writing similar articles on the first and second trailers.

He is a man who wants to create a societal hierarchy based on the circumstances of someone’s birth. He believes one set of people is better than another set of people. Sound familiar? J.K. Rowling has dismissed the comparison with Voldemort as too harsh on Voldemort, but it is pretty clear Donald Trump lines up in the same queue.

It is into this confused and potentially hateful world that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released. Arriving 10 days after the Presidential Election, the racial allegories — accidental or not — will be hard to ignore and the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts lays it on thick.

Harry Potter has always been a thinly-veiled metaphor for race relations with wizard supremacy being a bad guy priority in the wizarding world. Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) seems to be sticking to the status quo, using Newt’s (Eddie Redmayne) arrival to push forward his own agenda.

However, whilst the British muggles were unaware of magic, their American counterparts seem to be fighting back with Samantha Morton’s demagogue, Mary Lou, soapboxing her hate. Paired with the tantalising glimpses of a wizard-muggle Mexican standoff, it seems, this time, it’s a bit more complicated. A war is brewing and Newt and his squad — Porpentina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol) and the muggle Jacob (Dan Fogler) — have to stop it.

Elsewhere we get glimpses of the titular fantastic beasts that spark this war with the Niffler staking its claim to be this year’s BB-8. Most tantalising of all was the name dropping of Grindelwald. Grindelwald is a dark wizard whose relationship with Dumbledore can be filed under “it’s complicated”. Whilst the film is set 20 years before their famous duel, it gives a nice hint at where this trilogy is heading.


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